Raised here, lives here, Stockton South through and through
Louise Baldock is the Labour and Co-operative Parliamentary Candidate in Stockton South for the 2015 General Election.
Louise runs her own company advising small businesses on their marketing strategies. She lives in Ingleby Barwick.
A former pupil of Conyers School in Yarm and a graduate of Teesside Polytechnic, Louise has worked in the private, public and voluntary sector over a 30 year career. She has had a variety of roles in administration, accountancy, sales, personnel management, marketing, research and communications. An enthusiastic supporter of independent shops on the High Street, she now utilises that terrific experience to help fledgling and family-run companies stay profitable, keeping people in work.
Locally, Louise is campaigning against the bedroom tax and is supporting tenants with casework particularly in Thornaby where over 500 families have been affected. Having been an active school governor, she is engaging with young people in schools about their priorities as local government cuts damage youth services while job opportunities for those leaving school and university are more difficult. A former Vice Chair of a Housing Association, she is a passionate supporter of social and affordable housing; she has been leading the fight to prevent the building of an unsustainable and inappropriate development of 1100 new houses on the south of Ingleby Barwick on green wedge. She is supporting Tees Credit Union to open extra collection points and encourage more ethical savers to help those staving of a cost of living crisis.
I am delighted to be Labour’s candidate for my home town in the 2015 General Election and would like the chance to represent the area I love in Parliament!
I was brought up in Yarm and have also lived in Thornaby, Stockton and now Ingleby Barwick but that doesn’t make me an expert on your views. So for almost two years I have walked across the constituency, knocking on over 35,000 doors.
You have told me your priorities and what really matters to you. I have set out my local manifesto based on these issues. There is also lots of information on my website about Labour’s national policies which will make a real difference in our area.
I moved to Yarm with my family in 1978 as a child when my Dad’s job brought us North.
I went to Conyers School before getting my first job at CEC TIME Ltd on Teesside Industrial Estate. I then became a library assistant (as I was at school) at Teesside Polytechnic and was elected shop steward while I was still only 18.
After a few years working in the library I crossed the counter and studied for a degree. As a married student I lived in Parkfield and then moved to Thornaby from where I graduated. Sadly I was divorced and moved to Oxbridge. I spent a year working on a graduate programme at a Builders Merchants on Junction Road before being made redundant after a company take-over.
Thankfully I found work at Stevenson of Oxbridge after 6 difficult months and became the company’s Administration Manager in Stockton and in Coulby Newham. At one point I also ran seven petrol stations with one hundred staff for the firm.
I joined the Labour Party in 1992 and some years later became a party worker in West Yorkshire. After several years of long commutes it made sense to relocate so I reluctantly moved away from Stockton in 1998 although my family have remained here. My sister and her husband live in Eaglescliffe with their two sons and my step-father lives opposite Preston Park.
In 1999 my fiancé Michael died from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning and I have since become a campaigner to raise awareness of this silent killer.
After I finished working for the Labour Party in 2001 I supported three MPs in their Yorkshire constituency offices before moving to Liverpool where I was a civil servant and then a Councillor. I served from 2006 – 2014; I was Assistant Executive Member for Community Safety and for Finance and Resources, before becoming Chair of Finance – as well as the city council’s Equality and Diversity champion.
Benefiting from the experience of working for four years part-time in a marketing team within a firm of accountants, I became entirely self-employed after securing sufficient clients to make my own marketing business sustainable. I also helped run a business forum for other local small businesses. I continue to win new clients across the north of England and have joined two B2B networks on Teesside.
I was Vice Chair of Venture Housing Association for 5 years and in February 2013 I set up Labour Against the Bedroom Tax - a national campaign to see this pernicious policy repealed. In that capacity I manage casework on a voluntary basis for tenants across the country.
I was chair of the Regional Labour Party in the NW for several years and also a member of Labour’s National Executive Committee, the supreme body in the party.
I have been a school governor both in Liverpool and prior to that, at St Cuthberts RC Primary in Parkfield back in the 1990s and I am passionate about state education. I have been a member of Yarm Methodist Church for 36 years although the congregation will know my mother Pam Eves much better, a leading Education Social Worker she never missed a Sunday service before she died in 2012.
I am a long-standing multi award-winning blogger and writer with three-quarters of a novel currently penned. I really must make time to finish it soon!
I moved into my new home in Ingleby Barwick in August 2013 having sold my house in Liverpool.
It is great to be home and to have my family nearby to support me as I campaign with an enthusiastic Labour team to represent Stockton South in Parliament and make a real difference to local people’s lives.